Come join us for this intergenerational service to celebrate Earth Day! We will honor the interdependent web of life (one of our principles) through an interactive service featuring readings and music.
After speaking about the tribulations, misconceptions and complications endured by those living with invisible illnesses; Shaundi Wall will lead the congregation in both internal and external dialogues to help each of us identify, accept, address, and heal the unseen things in our own lives that prevent us from truly being our fullest, happiest, and best selves.
"A View from the Dark Side: 10 Years with the World's Unlikeliest Sustainability Partner" - Michelle Mauthe Harvey - Sunday, April 8, 2018
When Michelle Mauthe Harvey decided in 2007 to leave her Washington, DC home of 20 years to become Environmental Defense Fund's on-site sustainability project lead with Walmart in Bentonville, AR she didn't realize it would be a journey of emergence. The world's largest retailer is also the world's largest customer - and the job of Michelle and her colleagues was and is to harness that potential to drive environmental improvements globally. It's working, but not always as expected. Michelle will share some of the Walmart-scale successes, insights learned along the way, and the implications of working with unlikely allies.
'Tis the season of birth and growth and transformation... And nothing symbolizes this season like flowers - and eggs! This morning we will speak of the meaning of this season and we will share the tradition of the Flower Communion, originated by Rev. Norbert Capek, a Unitarian minister who lived in Prague in the last century.
All ages are invited to bring blooms and flowers to contribute to the Flower Communion and to participate in this traditional service!! We will have a few eggs as well as sweets to share at coffee hour!
Our young people will be with us for most of the service... and they may have a surprise for their families and other adults at the end of the service!
Join us for this joyous springtime service!
"Embracing the Essence of Passover, Easter, and April Fool's Day" - Reverend Gail Tapscott - Sunday, March 25, 2018
Rev. Gail Tapscott who loves to find relationships between seemingly unrelated things, will attempt to tie these three distinct holidays together into a meaningful mix that will help us all to emulate Holy Rascals in our past and understand the importance of the Trickster figure in religion and culture.
In an interactive Coffee House like setting, UUCO members and friends will draw on the prior week's sermon and some relevant handouts to think and talk about their own internal hero. Sharing personal stories is a great community building activity.
Rev. Gail Tapscott will ask us to look at the Heroic archetype in terms of our own life journey. She will look at some materials that specifically address the changing patterns in the roles of both women and men and how that affects our understanding of the image of the hero.
Today we kick off our annual pledge campaign. The board has asked the congregational committees for what is needed to do the work of the congregation this next year and has put together a proposed budget for what it would take for UUCO to continue to be a caring intergenerational community that fosters spiritual growth. What will it take for this community to thrive in celebrating diversity and in being a voice for good in the world?
The Religious Exploration program's leaders and children are happy to present at this service, which will mark the the culmination of a semester of exploring rainforests. The UUCO chorus will help with musical support. This service will seek to demonstrate our commitment to the Unitarian Universalist seventh principle which calls for "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." We hope it will inspire all of us to take care of our precious home, planet Earth.
Dr. John Conlon, a professor of Economics at the University of Mississippi will share some views about how these two disciplines are intersecting in new and different ways at this time in our history.